ERIC Number: ED316304
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
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College-to-University Transfer: Status and Issues in Alberta.
Small, James M.; Vaala, Leslie D.
Between 1979 and 1987, there was a 73% increase in the number of students transferring from two-year colleges to universities in Alberta (Canada). Three recent studies investigated this rapid growth. The first study, conducted over a three-year period, explored whether a group of 50 transfer students were sufficiently prepared to succeed academically after transfer. The second study explored attrition-related student characteristics. The third transfer study involved 1,081 transfer students from Alberta colleges and sought to identify variables related to student satisfaction and success in transfer programs. Findings from the three studies indicated the following: (1) students who entered a general diploma program and decided to transfer tended to be two years older than the average baccalaureate student, married, have weaker academic backgrounds, and be less confident about their prospects for program completion; (2) transfer students perceived their college experience in a positive light; (3) two-year college students were apprehensive about their pending transfer and concerned about surviving in a more competitive and less personal environment; (4) in general, students reported less satisfaction with their university experiences than with their college experiences; and (5) about half of the transfer students maintained their college grade point average while half experienced a decline of about one grade point. A 33-item bibliography is included. (WJT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Canada